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Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Credit: Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler...

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert Creative commons image Credit: Michael Theis under CC-BY-ND licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Long before the invention of telegraphy, never mind mobile phones, the people of the Australian desert had a way to communicate across distances.

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Credit: John Phelan under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture?

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Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture? Copyrighted image Credit: Sequence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Jul 2015
The future of Wales is as exciting as its past. Take our challenge, listen to stories from the locals and get to grips with Welsh culture and...

Introducing language and creativity

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Introducing language and creativity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Joseph under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Bugs Bunny normally has a New York accent - but, when he's depicted as an old rabbit, his accent changes completely. What's up with that, Doc?

In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom

In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom Copyrighted image Credit: Keith Livingston | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
This article looks at the challenges experienced by those teaching in a foreign classroom. 

The legend of the Pied Piper

The legend of the Pied Piper Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

Stereotypes

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Stereotypes Copyrighted image Credit: Ingrid Lemaire under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 20 Jul 2015
Do you want to find out more about stereotypes? Delve through these activities and reflect on the stereotypes accociated with your own cultures....

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Beginners’ Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills...

Beginners’ French: food and drink

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Beginners’ French: food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: © Ian Shaw/Alamy.
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: food and...

Spanish: espacios públicos

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Spanish: espacios públicos Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Spanish: Espacios públicos,...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 23 Apr 2015
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 22 Apr 2015
Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Rundblick: beginners' German, will take you on a journey through German...

Cultures

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Cultures Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 26 Aug 2014
In this unit you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world and you will examine the place they occupy in...

Personal information

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Personal information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Aug 2014
This unit will enable you to discuss personal information at an intermediate level of Spanish.

Lebenszyklen

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Lebenszyklen Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The thematic focus of this unit is people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the world they live in. You use audio and text to practise German...

Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink

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Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: Mike Truman
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jul 2014
This unit requires some basic knowledge of Spanish. It will be of interest to those who want to improve their language skills in order to...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...